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Partially vaccinated worker driven to tears after being denied PUV ride


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A worker, who was partially vaccinated, could not hold back her tears after traffic enforcers prohibited her from taking a public transport on the first day of the "no vaccine, no ride" policy's full implementation.

According to Oscar Oida's "24 Oras" report, Diane, a commuter, said she even woke up early to attend her medical exam at work, but was driven to tears when she was not allowed to take a public utility vehicle.

She lamented that it was not her fault that her second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine was set in February.

"Nakakapagod 'yung ginagawa nila. Partially vaccinated naman kami. Bakit 'di kami pinayagan?" she asked.

(It is a burden for us. We are partially vaccinated. Why can't they allow us?)

Some unvaccinated construction workers were also banned from taking PUVs, prompting them to return to their homes.

Meanwhile, PUV drivers who have incomplete vaccinations were only given warnings. Nevertheless, they would be reported to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Police Lieutenant Colonel Joel Mendoza, officer-in-charge of the Regional Highway Patrol Group in Metro Manila, said the LTFRB would act on the PUV drivers who violated the policy.

Despite criticisms, the DOTr pushed through with its policy to ban the unvaccinated from using mass public transport in Metro Manila while the region is under Alert Level 3 or higher. Metro Manila is placed under Alert Level 3 until the end of January. — Consuelo Marquez/DVM, GMA News

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